Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
I did watch this film in September for my Blind Spot pick so let’s just momentarily pretend I’m the least bit consistent about posting so I don’t miss another month 🙂 As we take a stroll back to World War II through the mind of Tarantino.
It must be said I am not really a fan of the director. Case in point this movie boasts both Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender and generally great reviews and this is only the first time I’ve ever watched it.
I’ve watched a lot of stupid movies for those two so that should tell you something right there.
But I actually liked Inglorious Basterds more than I thought I would. The movie is about an alternative history with a couple of different plots to kill Hitler and end the war are put into motion including one led by Brad Pitt and his merry band of Basterds scalping Nazi’s.
Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) who ran for her life while her whole family was gunned down gets her chance as well when a German soldier takes an interest in her. (He’s played by Daniel Brühl and I’m impressed again by what a really good cast this movie boasts.)
The movie is pretty funny at times mainly thanks to Pitt and his horrendous Italian accent. (I don’t think he’s ever gotten enough credit for his comedy chops or used them enough but that’s just me.) The violence wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be though the final scene between Shosanna and Zoller is brutal and realistic the actual movie theater scene was over the top but it worked.
I thought the best scene in the whole movie was the extended rising tension in the tavern and was somehow surprised by how it ended.
I knew the general end to this movie but the twists and turns throughout remained wonderfully unspoiled for me which I admit probably added to my enjoyment of the film 10 years after the fact.
Probably my biggest surprise in the film was being a little let down by the character of Hans Landa played wonderfully by Christoph Waltz, who actually won an Oscar for the role.
I wasn’t big on what his character does and honestly my favorite part of the film outside the tavern scene was what the Basterds do to him in return.
It’s not saying much that this is my favorite Tarantino. I did honestly enjoy it though and I’m glad I finally gave it a watch.